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Finially the Velvets get Extended
on October 21, 2001
This three CD box set finially sets the record straight for the Velvet Underground's claim as the greatest avant-guard live rock band of all time. The REAL bootlegs have proven this for years. Legends of the Velvets doing a 44 minute version of Sweet Sister Ray, into a 25 minute Sister Ray, have up to this point, never been documented on any of their official live albums. That's too bad, because they were ten times better live, than on their studio output. This set is not the best sound quality that you could hope for. I'd place it between LIVE 1969 and LIVE AT MAX'S KANSAS CITY for sound. But for content, it beats everything else out there. Finially, you can hear Lou play 17 minute extemporaneous pieces like FOLLOW THE LEADER, melding poetry slams and rock jam sessions. Or hear BLACK ANGEL'S DEATH SONG live, or Moe do both her numbers as a setpeice. But the real reason for buying this gem, is the 38 minute SISTER RAY. It shows the band doing what they did best...exploring the musical unknown, through the synthesis of LaMonte Young's fluxus downtown NYC influence, Bo Didley rock, and Bill Burrough's junkie cut up visions of cinematic literature. It's amazing how Sister Ray perfectly blends heroin mental chaos, dark humor, murder,and every other social taboo that Lou's genius could throw into a 38 minute journey of sonic film noire. Not only did the Velvet Underground start punk, alternative, gothic, and trance music, in many ways, they were its most perfect example of the genre. Here is the textbook, the formula. Peel the banana and step inside.